Every week in 2015, OnMilwaukee.com and local design company Too Much Metal join forces to introduce the latest member of the Milwaukee All-Stars – a team of unfamiliar winners living in the city who consistently and diligently make it shine. Each week, a new member will join the team – based on your recommendations – and at the end of the year all will come together in a Rally of the Raddest Milwaukeeans. We're not sure what that means quite yet, so for now, meet …
Mark Nielsen and Carina Tran
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: How long have you owned Hue?
Mark Nielsen and Carina Tran: About six years.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: What time of year / season is your favorite in Milwaukee?
Nielsen / Tran: We really like fall, the summer festival season is pretty hectic for us. When fall comes, the weather cools down and we get back to the business of running restaurants.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: What’s your favorite or least favorite smell in Milwaukee?
Nielsen / Tran: Favorite smell is the middle part of the Lakefront Brewery tour. It smells like malted barley and happiness. Least favorite smell is Bay View with the wind coming off Jones Island.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: What’s your hope for Milwaukee?
Nielsen / Tran: We hope we all move forward together. Cities in the Midwest are having to reinvent themselves these days and I think Milwaukee is doing a great job. We just hope we continue with a combination of small steps and big leaps forward.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: When / how did you fall in love with Milwaukee?
Nielsen: Heading to the East Side from Bay View about seven years ago. It was dark and I was riding my motorcycle across the Hoan Bridge. I took in the wind and the great skyline and I knew this was where I belong.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: Why do you do what you do?
Nielsen: It’s interesting. I have a short attention span and every day throws you something different so I like that.
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: One guilty pleasure?
Nielsen: Oakland Gyros
OnMilwaukee / Too Much Metal: Name a Milwaukeean you would like to high five.
Nielsen: Probably Increase A. Lapham. I'm a bit of a history nerd and he was one of Milwaukee's first great scientific minds. Plus his name is Increase, how cool is that?
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